Impact 100 Awards Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Grants to 2 Nonprofits

The annual meeting for “Impact 100” in Traverse City comes with a hefty but worthwhile price tag. The organization is made up of area women who each commit to $1,000 to support local nonprofits.

This year, 247 women chipped in, with 100 percent of that money going to charity. From the five finalists, two winners were chosen at Thursday night’s annual meeting. One of them is the Communities in Schools program in Mancelona, which works to remove barriers to education. Spokesperson Amy Burk says the award gives them “an opportunity to not only continue to serve the kids we do every day, but to expand our services so we can reach out and serve more kids.”

The second nonprofit grant winner is Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City. Matt Zerilli says they already have plans for their gift as well.

“This is gonna be geared more towards a public health model, public health strategy, which involves early education, prevention, a library of prevention tools, also immediate same-day assessment to get placed into a service.”

Zerilli says it has typically taken a few weeks for those in need to get placed with assistance.

In just two years since the group started, Impact 100 has now given more than half a million dollars to nonprofits in the Grand Traverse region. This year’s grants were each for $123,500.